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Two exclusive panel discussions featuring directors Anthony and Joe Russo

Justice For Vets invites you to view two special discussions around the upcoming film "Cherry."

Together with a group of all-star veterans and veteran advocates, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explore how veterans are depicted in film, the impact of PTSD and substance use disorder on some veterans, and solutions for ensuring veterans receive the benefits and treatment they have earned.

“Cherry” premiered in select theaters on February 26, 2021 and premiers globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 12, 2021.

This will be the go-to film for my generation of veterans. I saw parts of myself and my post-war experiences in Cherry. It is a tragic warning about what too many of us face and sends a powerful message that we must do more to aid our returning service members.

Tim Wynn, Iraq War Veteran

See the official "Cherry" trailer

Trigger warning: includes scenes of combat


Panel 1

Panel 2


Panel 1

Patrick Murphy, moderator, was America’s first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress. He also served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army and continues to advocate and empower veterans through his work in the public and private sectors.

Anthony and Joe Russo are acclaimed directors whose film “Avengers: Endgame” is the highest grossing film of all time.

General (Ret.) Vincent K. Brooks, introduction, is a career Army officer and combat veteran who recently retired from active duty as a four-star general, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Gary Sinise Foundation, which serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

Tim Wynn is a Marine Corps Veteran who served in Iraq during the initial invasion in 2003. He currently serves as the Mentor Coordinator at the Philadelphia Veterans Treatment Court.

T’Liza Kiel is a Texas Native and served in the Army for eight years. She currently serves as the Alumni Experience Director at The Mission Continues and has worked with veterans servicing non-profits for over seven years.

JJ Pinter is the Deputy Director at Team RWB, one of the nation's largest veteran-serving organizations. He is a West Point graduate, former Army officer, and an Iraq war veteran.

Anthony Spadaro is a Marine Sergeant Major who retired last year after 35 years of service, with multiple combat tours. He is currently the Vice President, Director of Development and Special Projects for the Robert Irvine Foundation, with a primary focus on improving, empowering, and enhancing our Veteran Community.

Melissa Bryant is an Army & Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, advocate with previous nonprofit work with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and The American Legion, and now serves as Senior Advisor for Public Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Panel 2

Melissa Fitzgerald, moderator, left Hollywood (where she was best known for playing Carol, Assistant to the Press Secretary on all seven seasons of the television series, The West Wing) to direct Justice For Vets at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. After three years, she expanded her role to serve as Director of NADCP’s Advancing Justice initiative, where she engages the public on broad justice reform issues, as well as the expansion of treatment courts for veterans and civilians throughout the country.

Anthony and Joe Russo are acclaimed directors whose film “Avengers: Endgame” is the highest grossing film of all time.

Colonel (Ret.) Gregory D. Gadson, introduction, served in the U.S. Army for more than 26 years. After an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs and normal use of one arm and hand, he remained on active duty and continued to inspire through his courage, perseverance, and determination. He is managing partner of Patriot Strategies, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gary Sinise Foundation, whose Avalon Network provides transformative care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse.

Scott Tirocchi is the Director of Justice For Vets where he works to expand veterans treatment courts for veterans involved in the justice system to due to substance use and mental health disorders. Scott is a veteran and a licensed clinician with experience working in jails, hospitals, and the courts.

Jeremy Butler is the Chief Executive Officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) which advocates on behalf of all veterans for policy and legislative improvements, VA reform, and government oversight. He is also an officer in the Navy reserve with 21 years of uniformed service.

Dr. Kameron Matthews As Assistant Under Secretary for Health  for Clinical Services, Dr. Kameron Matthews is the Chief Medical Officer of the Veterans Health Administration. She is a board-certified family physician, advocate and policy maker with a career focused on underserved patient populations

Ililani Foree of Kailua Kona, Hawaii is a caregiver to her husband Destin, a retired commissioned combat engineer officer in the Army who was injured by an improvised explosive device while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. Destin suffers from invisible wounds, including a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ililani helps him with daily tasks, all while caring for their sons.  Part of her heart is now also overseas, as her eldest son enlisted in the service in 2019.

Lindsay Church is a third generation Navy veteran, former Farsi linguist, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Minority Veterans of America, an organization designed to create community and address equity gaps for minority veterans.


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